With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger

By Bill Van Auken, 11 May 2019

The threatening deployments come in the midst of a new round of bellicose statements from Washington.

Iran conflict intensifies transatlantic tensions

By Peter Schwarz, 11 May 2019

The European governments are doing all they can to avoid triggering a broader mobilisation against war.

The social crisis and the global eruption of US imperialism

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No agreement at US-China trade talks as positions harden

By Nick Beams, 11 May 2019

A week ago, a deal had been expected, but that scenario was blown up when the Trump administration accused Beijing of backtracking on its commitments.

As protests grow, Algerian army arrests Workers Party leader

By Will Morrow, 11 May 2019

The army is imprisoning Louisa Hanoune on baseless charges to send a signal that it will deal ruthlessly with anyone, even figures with close ties to the regime.

US indicts whistleblower who exposed Obama’s drone assassination program

By Kevin Reed, 11 May 2019

Former US intelligence officer Daniel Hale was indicted and arrested on Thursday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

Washington uses terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka to strengthen ties with Colombo

By Rohantha De Silva, 11 May 2019

The “assistance” in the terror investigations is to bind Sri Lanka ever-more closely as Washington steps up its aggressive confrontation with China.

French public sector workers strike against Macron government attacks

By Anthony Torres, 11 May 2019

Over 150 demonstrations took place Thursday against Emmanuel Macron’s “modernization” reform that would overturn conditions for public sector workers established in 1946.

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Spain: No “red lines” in talks for a Socialist Party-Podemos coalition government

By Alejandro López, 11 May 2019

Iglesias stressed that during their parliamentary collaboration, both parties were able “to build a relationship of trust” and dealt with each other “with frankness and empathy.”

French pseudo-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon calls for alliance with Socialist Party

Two former Australian prime ministers tout Labor’s pro-business record

By Oscar Grenfell: SEP candidate for Parramatta, 11 May 2019

Hawke and Keating boasted they had created the “modern” deregulated economy, and called for the election of a Labor government to deepen this pro-business agenda.

New York City public housing fire kills six

By Tim Avery and Philip Guelpa, 11 May 2019

A fire in a Harlem building owned by the New York City Housing Authority killed two adults and four children.

Low-paid South Carolina teachers recruited for factory work

By Shelley Connor, 11 May 2019

South Carolina’s teachers, frustrated by pay that has not kept up with inflation, have become a reliable source of labor for a pharmaceutical company.

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Meurtre d'entreprise: Ouverture du procès des cadres de France Télécom sur les suicides de travailleurs

Will Morrow, 11 mai 2019

Pour réduire une main-d’œuvre légalement protégée contre le licenciement, les cadres ont adopté une politique secrète de torture psychologique qui visait à contraindre les travailleurs à démissionner ou à se suicider.

Chelsea Manning libérée, mais de nouveau menacée de prison pour son refus de témoigner contre Assange

Niles Niemouth, 11 mai 2019

Même avant sa libération jeudi, Manning a reçu une nouvelle assignation à comparaître et témoigner devant un autre grand jury. Elle pourrait être reconduite en prison dès la semaine prochaine.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, politicien de pseudo-gauche, appelle à une alliance avec le Parti socialiste

Will Morrow, 11 mai 2019

Mélenchon suit la voie tracée par ses alliés européens de pseudo-gauche, répondant à la recrudescence de la lutte de la classe ouvrière en resserrant les rangs avec l'État.

Inondations dans trois provinces canadiennes: les conséquences de la déréglementation capitaliste

Louis Girard et Frédéric Charlebois, 11 mai 2019

Comme pour chaque grande catastrophe dont la cause immédiate est naturelle, ses conséquences sont largement amplifiées par un système social basé sur le profit individuel.

Le gouvernement de l'Ontario sabre le financement de l'éducation postsecondaire et l'aide aux étudiants

Penny Smith, 11 mai 2019

Les compressions de Ford s'inscrivent dans le cadre d'un effort concerté de restructuration de l'enseignement postsecondaire afin de l'adapter encore davantage aux exigences des grandes entreprises.

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Chelsea Manning liberada ante posible reencarcelación por no testificar contra Assange

Niles Niemuth, 11 mayo 2019

Incluso antes de que la dejaran libre el jueves, Manning recibió otra citación para exigirle rendir testimonio ante otro gran jurado. Podría volver a la cárcel tan pronto como la próxima semana.

Mitin de Trump aclama con aprobación llamado a “dispararles” a inmigrantes

Eric London, 11 mayo 2019

Cuando un miembro de la audiencia gritó que Estados Unidos debería "dispararles" a los inmigrantes, Trump se rio. Mientras tanto, el Gobierno está arrestando a un número récord de familias en la frontera.

Estados Unidos aumenta los aranceles contra China

Nick Beams, 11 mayo 2019

Trump afirma que las negociaciones con los representantes chinos continuarán, pero que “no tengo ni idea de qué va a ocurrir”.

El parasitismo financiero y el auge del mercado bursátil

Nick Beams, 11 mayo 2019

En su maniática búsqueda de mayores ganancias, generadas cada vez más por la inflación parasítica de los precios de las acciones, el capital financiero y sus voceros en la política y la prensa están exigiendo que se haga disponible más dinero barato reduciendo las tasa de interés.

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Chelsea Manning kurzfristig frei, neue Haftstrafe wegen Aussageverweigerung gegen Assange steht bevor

Niles Niemuth, 11. Mai 2019

Noch vor ihrer Haftentlassung am Donnerstag erhielt Manning erneut eine Vorladung, vor einer Grand Jury gegen Assange auszusagen. Schon nächste Woche könnte sie wieder im Gefängnis sitzen.

Irankonflikt verschärft transatlantische Spannungen

Peter Schwarz, 11. Mai 2019

Anders als 2003, als beidseits des Atlantiks Millionen gegen den Irakkrieg auf die Straße gingen, sind die europäischen Regierungen heute bemüht, eine breitere Mobilisierung gegen Krieg zu vermeiden.

re:publica 2019: Bundespräsident Steinmeier wirbt für Meinungskontrolle und Zensur

Johannes Stern, 11. Mai 2019

Vor den Europawahlen am 26. Mai plant die herrschende Klasse, die Zensur des Internets massiv zu verschärfen und jede kritische Stimme mundtot zu machen.

Eine sozialistische Perspektive gegen die Rückkehr des Faschismus in Europa

Christoph Vandreier, 11. Mai 2019

Wir veröffentlichen hier Christoph Vandreiers Rede bei der Internationalen Online-Maikundgebung 2019.

Grüße an Arbeiter und Jugendliche in China zum 100. Jahrestag der Bewegung des vierten Mai

Peter Symonds, 11. Mai 2019

Wir publizieren hier den Text der Rede, die Peter Symonds zur Internationalen Online-Maikundgebung am 4. Mai 2019 hielt.

Türkische Wahlbehörde fügt sich Erdoğans Forderung:
Bürgermeisterwahl in Istanbul wird wiederholt

Ulas Atesci und Keith Jones, 11. Mai 2019

Erdoğan hat alles getan, um die Bürgermeisterwahl in Istanbul zu kippen, weil er angesichts der zunehmenden wirtschaftlichen und geopolitischen Krise jede Schwächung seiner Kontrolle über den Staatsapparat fürchtet.

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A “mentira na alma” imperialista
Políticos comemoram o “Dia Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa” enquanto Julian Assange definha na prisão

Por David Walsh, 9 Maio 2019

Ninguém associado à UNESCO ou ao “Dia Mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa” mencionou a perseguição ao fundador do WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, durante os eventos desta semana.

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Trump lufter forslag om kansellering av 2020-valget

Eric London, 9. mai 2019

Borgerlig politikk har degenerert i en slik grad at politiske og juridiske normer ansett som fundamentale siden Den amerikanske revolusjon nå utfordres av en presidents tweets.

Valget i India og det revolusjonære programmet for å opponere mot innstramminger, krig og kommunalistisk reaksjon

Keith Jones, 9. mai 2019

BJPs dreining mot militarisme og utilslørt kommunalistisk reaksjon blir fremfor alt animert av partiets frykt for en voksende sosial opposisjon.

«Vi må redde livet hans. Så alvorlig er det.»
Pamela Anderson og WikiLeaks’ sjefredaktør besøkte Julian Assange i fengsel

Laura Tiernan, 9. mai 2019

Anderson fordømte statsforfølgelsen av sin venn som et «lovbrudd på gang».

Valg i Sør-Afrika avholdt under voksende misnøye og en fremmedgjøring fra ANC

Eddie Haywood, 9. mai 2019

Dersom Den afrikanske nasjonalkongressen (ANC), som forventet, sikret seg flertall i onsdagens valg er dét bare vitnesbyrd om de vesentlige opposisjonspartienes politiske forvorpenhet.

Hilsener til kinesiske arbeidere og ungdommer på hundreårsdagen for 4. mai-bevegelsen

Peter Symonds, 9. mai 2019

Vi publiserer her den norske oversettelsen av transkripsjonen av talen Peter Symonds holdt for 2019 Online International May Day Rally.

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ABD İran’ı savaşla tehdit ediyor

Keith Jones, 8 Mayıs 2019

ABD Ulusal Güvenlik Danışmanı John Bolton, uçak gemisi U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln ile ABD Hava Kuvvetleri’ne ait bombardıman uçaklarının İran’ı tehdit etmek üzere konuşlandırıldığını duyurdu.

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Perspective

The Uber IPO: Billions for investors, increased exploitation for workers

11 May 2019

The global strikes and protests by Uber and Lyft drivers amid an orgy of stockholder enrichment underscore the need for workers to adopt an international socialist strategy.

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Public Meeting

Attend Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting in London
Free Julian Assange, Free Chelsea Manning!

International Online May Day Rally 2019

Opening report to Online International May Day Rally
The resurgence of class struggle and the fight for socialism

By David North, 6 May 2019

The ICFI’s program intersects with a new wave of working-class struggle

By Wije Dias, 11 May 2019

We are publishing here the text of the speech to the 2019 Online International May Day Rally delivered by Wije Dias, General Secretary of the SEP in Sri Lanka.

Imperialist war, the working-class upsurge in the Mideast and North Africa, and the strategy of Permanent Revolution

The defense of Venezuela and the struggle for socialism in Latin America

France’s “yellow vest” protests and the global resurgence of the class struggle

The defence of Assange and Manning is the spearhead of the struggle against imperialism

The Christchurch terror attack and the promotion of fascism by the ruling elite

The persecution of Assange and Manning is an attack on the working class

Greetings to Chinese workers and youth on the centenary of the May 4 movement

May Day 2019: The resurgence of the class struggle and the fight for socialism

On May 4, the International Committee of the Fourth International held its annual International May Day Online Rally, with speakers and participants from throughout the world. Readers can listen to the entire rally here.

Commentary

German Young Socialist leader unleashes storm of debate about socialism

By Peter Schwarz, 11 May 2019

Kühnert, an unscrupulous careerist, can only pose as a socialist because he relies on the inexperience and lack of knowledge of today’s young generation.

The German ruling class fears the spectre of socialism

Eugenics advocate Noah Carl dismissed from Cambridge University fellowship

By Thomas Scripps, 11 May 2019

Carl’s dismissal is a victory over a global campaign to revive far-right ideology on university campuses.

The New York Times and its Uyghur “activist”

By Peter Symonds, 9 May 2019

Trump rally roars approval for call to “shoot” immigrants

By Eric London, 10 May 2019

House committee votes contempt charge against Trump’s attorney general William Barr

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2019

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

Trump issues full pardon to former lieutenant who executed prisoner in Iraq

More on the Trump presidency »

India’s election and the revolutionary program to oppose austerity, war and communal reaction

By Keith Jones, 8 May 2019

Financial parasitism and the stock market surge

By Nick Beams, 9 May 2019

More on world economy »

Removal of white educator from African American history class in Michigan sparks widespread outrage

By Phyllis Steele and Nancy Hanover, 9 May 2019

Free Assange and Manning

Free Assange NZ denounces hypocrisy at World Press Freedom Day event

By Tom Peters, 11 May 2019

Alex Hills from Free Assange New Zealand condemned the British government’s “brazen hypocrisy” and called on the media to “end the smears and lies about an anti-war hero.”

Chelsea Manning released, faces new imprisonment for refusing to testify against Assange

By Niles Niemuth, 10 May 2019

Video: Workers at SEP rally in Parramatta denounce persecution of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 9 May 2019

ICFI supporters in India to hold picket to free Assange

9 May 2019

“We need to save his life. That’s how serious it is”
Pamela Anderson and WikiLeaks editor-in-chief visit Julian Assange in prison

By Laura Tiernan, 8 May 2019

The sentencing of Julian Assange: A legal travesty

More on the campaign to Free Assange and Manning »

SEP (Australia) Election Campaign

The Australian election and the fraud of the NDIS

By Max Boddy: SEP candidate for Hunter, 10 May 2019

Greens offer bogus climate pledges while pleading for another partnership with Labor

By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 9 May 2019

SEP election meetings in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane
Vote Socialist Equality Party! No to War and Austerity! For Socialism and Internationalism!

7 May 2019

Arts Review

Wild Nights with Emily: American poet Emily Dickinson undone by gender politics

By Joanne Laurier and David Walsh, 10 May 2019

Clergy: An uncompromising film about the hypocrisy and corruption of the Catholic Church in Poland

By Stefan Steinberg, 8 May 2019

Red Joan: A British spy story skirts some issues

Documentary about the brutal 2014 disappearance of teachers’ college students
The 43: A state massacre and cover-up in Mexico

Workers Struggles

Thousands of powerloom workers strike in Tamil Nadu; Migrant workers strike and protest in Taiwan; New Zealand teachers voting on national walkout
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

11 May 2019

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

“They depend on us for their wealth and power”
Uber and Lyft drivers in Chicago, New York and California speak out against exploitation of gig economy workers

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

“We need to fight capitalism and change the whole system”
Uber and Lyft drivers conduct international strike

GM workers denounce deals to “save” token jobs in Lordstown and Oshawa

By Shannon Jones, 10 May 2019

“The UAW sold us down the river”
Fiat Chrysler uses robocall to announce more layoffs at Belvidere, Illinois, plant

More on autoworkers struggles »

“I am ready to stay out and not going back in until we get everything we need”
More than 20,000 participate in Oregon walkouts for public education

By Kayla Costa, 9 May 2019

Two thousand nurses and support staff strike at Toledo, Ohio hospital

More on the class struggle in the US »

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

IYSSE in US holds successful meetings on postmodernism and identity politics

By our reporters, 10 May 2019

”Dictatorships as alternative political orders?”—We say no!
Student Parliament at Humboldt University condemns Jörg Baberowski’s right-wing think tank

European elections

“Join the fight for a united socialist Europe!”
Socialist Equality Party (SGP) publishes campaign video for European Elections

By the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei, 29 April 2019

The European elections and the revival of class struggle

History

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part One

By Peter Symonds, 4 May 2019

One hundred years since the May 4 movement in China—Part Two

New York Times column falsifies legacy of Eugene Debs

By Tom Mackaman, 30 April 2019

25 years ago: Channel Tunnel opens, connecting Britain and France

On May 6, 1994, the Channel Tunnel officially opened, connecting for the first time the United Kingdom with the European mainland from Kent, England, to Pas-de-Calais, France.

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50 years ago: Battle of Hamburger Hill

On May 10 US forces in Vietnam began a 10-day assault on Hill 937, which was heavily defended by the North Vietnam’s People’s Army of Vietnam.

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75 years ago: Soviet offensive clears Axis forces from Crimea

During this week in 1944, Soviet military forces completed the destruction of the Axis bastion in Crimea, capturing the key port city of Sevastopol on May 12, 1944.

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100 years ago: Race riots and martial law in Charleston, South Carolina

On May 10, 1919, hundreds of white sailors serving in the US Navy rioted in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, attacking African-Americans and destroying property.

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The Fight Against Fascism

“If you agree with our analysis, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to do.”
David North speaks on the threat of fascism

By David North, 20 April 2019

Princeton University provides $300,000 in funding for right-wing historian and propagandist Jörg Baberowski

By David North, 10 April 2019

More on the fight against fascism »

Lessons of the Matamoros workers' rebellion

New trade union bureaucracies or rank-and-file workers’ power?
Lessons of the Matamoros workers’ rebellion: Part one

By Andrea Lobo, 25 March 2019

The ongoing strike wave on the US-Mexico border provides critical lessons for the incipient movement of the working class on an international scale.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Indian Trotskyists hold Kolkata public meeting to celebrate 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By our correspondents, 13 March 2019

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
Victory of the Trotskyists in the 1985–1986 split in the ICFI

By Saman Gunadasa and K. Ratnayake, 29 December 2018

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

Security and the Fourth International

New book now available
Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement

By Mehring Books, 21 January 2019

The WSWS announces the release of a new book, Agents: The FBI and GPU Infiltration of the Trotskyist Movement, by Eric London.

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018